Nicole Brekelmans
Kapyong Barracks:
Assemble

UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA

FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE

ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN [L+U OPTION]

EVLU 4012 STUDIO 5

INSTRUCTOR KAMNI GILL

Assemble is a design proposal for an Indigenous Urban Reserve for the site that once was Kapyong Barracks, situated along Kenaston Blvd, and between Grant Ave, and Taylor Ave. The space was developed based on two main themes and values, the Seven Generations Principle, and making. The Seven Generations Principle is a sustainable philosophy focused on taking responsibility for designs and their effects on the future. Assemble incorporates this by preparing for future climate changes, such as flooding and the increase of temperatures. A series of wetlands including a marsh and wet meadows function as water storage basins during times of flooding, while also providing an increase in vegetation and biodiversity. A  tree nursery situated along the central axis focuses on growing and developing trees that have a high tolerance to extreme temperatures. Additionally, the nursery also grows trees that can replace the ash and elm trees that are currently dealing with significant diseases within Winnipeg. The theme of making focuses on creating spaces specifically for local makers, as well as for the community residents. A variety of scales for these making spaces provides different making opportunities, whether it is commercial, community-based, or small home projects. Along with scales, different spaces target different ages, such as the area by the school that focuses on extracting clay from the soil. The workshops not only provide working space, but also allow local artists, designers, and residents to experience other forms of making, therefore creating a close and diverse community. This design is for the reative collective, those who appreciate process, self-reliance, and a sense of ownership within objects resulting in a circular economy.